On Saturday, July 16, Bull City Ciderworks in downtown Greensboro is going to the dogs.

On that day, Guilford County Animal Services – in conjunction with the Break The Chain Kennel Kru –will hold its first annual “BarkBecue” at Bull City Ciderworks in Greensboro.  That’s a party where patrons can leave with some great barbecue in their stomachs and a new family pet in their arms.

Along with some BBQ from jusTGrillin’ and some cider from Bull City Ciderworks to wash it down, there will also be adoptable pets at the event courtesy of the county’s Animal Services Department.

The Chain Kennel Kru is a non-profit that works in under-served neighborhoods across Guilford County and assists families with dogs on chains.  The Kru helps them to become compliant with the county’s anti-tethering ordinances.

When certain qualifying conditions are met, the group offers, for free, chain link kennel systems that allow owners to unchain their pets so the animal can roam around in a secure enclosure.

The group also educates the public on proper pet care and provides other resources to individuals and families in order to help them properly care for their pets.

Break The Chain has also partnered with a local veterinarian who assists the group with providing medical care for the dogs in the program that need it most.

Requirements for those considered for the free fence and medical program are as follows:

  • All pets must be spayed/neutered.
  • The owner must be receiving government assistance or meet a low-income requirement.
  • A family member, if able, is expected to help.
  • The pet owner must agree to follow-up visits.
  • Finally, a family member is asked to “pay it forward,” to help the group build another families kennel – if physically able.